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Trishna Saavedra
Name: Trishna Saavedra
E-mail Address: trishna.saavedra@monticelloacademy.net
Bio: Trishna Saavedra is originally from Laredo, Texas, a border town along the Rio Grande River and Mexico. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelors in Elementary Education and a minor in Physical Education. She has taught in every single grade ranging from 1st through 6th except for 2nd and is presently teaching an extended day kindergarten class with her administration team. Trishna has also taught in the Spanish dual immersion program for two years and has been a team leader in different schools. At Monticello, she is presently the Curriculum Director, Mentor Coach, Athletic Director, RTI Supervisor and Homework Club Coordinator. She is enjoying spending her time working with new teachers and especially with students in a school wide setting.

Aside from teaching, Mrs. Saavedra's greatest calling is that of a mother and wife. She has a 4th grade daughter and a 1st grade son attending Monticello Academy. She is married to her very best friend, Juan Saavedra. They like to work on home improvement projects, go Latin dancing, and host Mexican food dinners for friends and family.

Trishna has two mottos in life: "Remember that the main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing", and "I can do hard things and stay happy". She believes that children are capable of accomplishing difficult things in life with the example of great teachers that have positive and high expectations for them, regardless of race and income.
Emma Scanlon
Name: Emma Scanlon
E-mail Address:
Bio: Aide/Substitute
Alan Shino
Name: Alan Shino
E-mail Address: alan.shino@monticelloacademy.net
Bio: Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics

Who am I? I am a husband; married to the same beautiful woman for 30 years. I am the father of two amazingly talented, artistic daughters. I am a wanderer of deserts and mountains; awed by nature's intense colors, grandeur, and solitude. I am a man searching for serenity.

Thomas Jefferson said, "Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom." Why am I a teacher? I teach so I can encourage students to develop character traits that will create productive citizens. I teach so I can see the face of a student light up when he or she understands a new idea or concept. I teach so I can face a new challenge every day.

I teach so I can see the world through the eyes of a child.
Melody Shock
Name: Melody Shock
E-mail Address: melody.shock@monticelloacademy.net
Bio: I started out as an English major, hoping one day to write a best seller. I dabbled in journalism, then changed my major to science, then history. (I could be a professional student!) After working with the Head Start program, I changed to an education major with specialties in all those areas, as well as early childhood. I have taught all ages and subjects, but my love of loves, is history. I am an avid activist in the political arena, especially water issues. I have been involved in numerous political campaigns and can honestly say I have walked every neighborhood in Sandy, knocking on doors and educating the voters on issue and candidates that I support . I have been teaching at Monticello since they opened in 2006. Our family lives in Sandy. We have three children, two in college. I have three "cuter-than-yours" grandchildren and spend my spare time reading or writing (still working on that novel). I love to travel. I would love to see all the places that I teach about and will ... someday. The Core Knowledge curriculum that we teach at Monticello is absolutely the best. Challenging the students and seeing them reach the high standards is very rewarding.
Sandra Swanson
Name: Sandra Swanson
E-mail Address: sandra.swanson@monticelloacademy.net
Bio: 1st Grade Teacher
Laurie Swasey
Name: Laurie Swasey
E-mail Address: laurie.swasey@monticelloacademy.net
Bio: Prior to coming to Utah in 2007, I taught in California, Arizona and Nevada: sixth, seventh and eighth grade English and first grade respectively.

While in Utah, I taught 5th, 6th, first grade, Music and Art. I am happy to be back in first grade. It is marvelous to see the growth that takes place at this grade level.

Other things I do outside of school include Mortgage Loan origination and teaching Financial Planning strategies for those of us middle class.

My hobbies include: playing the piano and organ, singing, genealogy, gardening, being outside with nature and studying various topics of interest.

Future goals: I would love to get my masters at BYU, learn another language and go on a mission.